Queensland Fire & Emergency Services (QFES), Queensland Police Service (QPS) and Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) paramedics were first on the scene, treating two female and two male passengers.
The Sunshine Coast-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter – with the LifeFlight aeromedical team on board – landed at the accident scene shortly after the crash and treated the most critically injured passenger, a male patient, for multi-trauma injuries.
The man, aged 49, was airlifted by the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter crew to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in a critical condition.
The second male occupant was treated by QAS paramedics and taken by road ambulance to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital in a serious condition.
The two female passengers were treated for minor injuries.
The plane was part of a joyride flight group which took off at Jacobs Well, approximately 40km from the Gold Coast and around 150km from Caloundra.
It is unknown what caused the plane to crash.
2016-17 was a record year for LifeFlight for lifesaving missions with its aeromedical crews, community helicopters and Air Ambulance jets performing a record 5,252 missions throughout Queensland and around the world.
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